Insights from Proverbs 8 & 9 for the 8th & 9th:
Combining chapters 8 & 9 worked out for me not only because of the Sabbath, but also because these two Proverbs sort of go together; one is about Wisdom & the other is about Folly. Both are personified as women standing by the city gates calling out to passersby.
Lady Wisdom pleads for all to listen to her. Madam Folly does the same. Its a duel; a sales pitch for our very souls.
Lady Wisdom gives beautiful & eloquent arguments: seek her more than silver (with her you will find silver in the long run anyways), kings make laws that are just because of her, and whoever seeks her, will find her.
She then gives her resume; she was there when the earth was created (and well before), she was the craftsman at God’s side – this job filled her with delight day after day (to see God create). She rejoiced with God at the world He had made and at the people. She offers a blessing to whoever loves her. She closes her argument saying that whoever does not seek her, harms themselves and to hate her, is to love death.
Enter loud Madam Folly. She is a brash, crude, and insulting Siren: “If you are stupid, come on in here!” (v. 16, CEV) She spits seductive lies: “Stolen water is sweet. Food eaten in secret is delicious” (a metaphor for adultery). She reminds me of that restaurant at the beach where the waiters and waitresses insult you. Some people actually like that. Matthew Henry says Madam Folly is, “very violent and pressing.” She sets traps & snares. She drags her net to scoop up her catch.
Her path literally leads to the grave. Those who are on it, do not even know that they are dead already. M. Night Shyamalan may need to pay Solomon a royalty check.
The bottom line here is that it is a choice. Wisdom & Folly can only offer the path, we must pick one. You cannot straddle both. They go in different directions.
Which path do you choose?